On November 11, during the first half of the San Francisco-St. Louis NFL game, Forty-Niners’ quarterback, Alex Smith, left the game with symptoms of a concussion. I was excited, but a bit nervous, at this opportunity for back-up QB Colin Kaepernick to show off the skills that led to an NCAA passing record while he was at the University of Nevada-Reno. Kaepernick must have had similar emotions. He played well for the most part, but was rather tentative.
Tonight, against the Chicago Bears, Kaepernick got his first regular season start. His first pass set the tone for the game: straight, fast, long and on the mark. If I had not been following his career from our regional university to the pros, I would never have guessed he was only in his second year in the NFL.
Kaepernick had made his first NFL touchdown earlier this season when he ran the ball across the goalline. Tonight he got his first passing TD early in the game, followed by a few more, in a resounding win over the Bears. If Alex Smith wants to keep his job, he will need to return to good health soon.